Edwin Kagin, American Atheists’ national legal director and cofounder (with his late wife, Helen) of Camp Quest, has died at the age of seventy-three. Kagin was often called “the legal heart” of American Atheists. He served that organization from 2006 until his death, sacrificing what undoubtedly would have been a lucrative decade of practicing law for the secular movement. The Kagins created Camp Quest, the first secular summer camp specifically for children of nontheistic and freethinking parents, as a project of the FREE INQUIRY Group (Cincinnati, Ohio), a local group affiliated with the Council for Secular Humanism. Much of the program’s early success was due to Kagin’s dedication and enthusiasm. Camp Quest is now an independent organization with camps in seventeen locations, including two overseas.
Kagin was also a distinguished speaker and author, known for his idiosyncratic sense of humor, satirical wit, and willingness to take on any and all religious hypocrisy. He was an unmistakable figure in the secular community. For his contributions to the movement through his work with American Atheists and Camp Quest, he will be remembered and missed.